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Pure Combat - 94%

psychoticnicholai, January 1st, 2018
Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Unique Leader Records

Okay, now this is some really heavy, meaty, dense, thick, brutish metal that is as forceful as being impaled on rebar. Dyscarnate had slight traces of grooviness on their last album, but With All Their Might notches that up to the point where this mix of death and groove metal feels purely warlike and combative with all of the heft and kinesis necessary to knock over a tank. Bottom line, this is metal that's meant to be chest-beatingly manly and gives no quarter with its sonic assault. It's the kind of stuff that makes you want to start swinging your fists around and stomping your feet in unison to the forceful guitars. It does this in a way that commands the listener's attention and stamps its rhythmic imprint into your memory in an exceptional manner. This is probably one of the most solid metal albums released in 2017, showing rock-solid songwriting, forceful grooves, and a soundscape of pure combat.

The first thing you'll notice about With All Their Might is just how much sheer force is behind everything on this album. The guitars are big, loud, thick, and play riffs that pound like artillery. The bass is meaty and concussive. The drums are equally explosive and add far more force to the whole thing. The whole instrumental section of this is a pure, gut-rupturing kick in the chest and the vocals from both long-timer Tom Whitty and new-comer Al Llewellyn are barbaric enough to send the force level on this album into the stratosphere. Dyscarnate pack their songs full of this kind of brick-thick aggression and never let up, even on the few slow passages they maintain an imposing and mighty posture. "Iron Strengthens Iron" is positively anthemic with how much of a kick in the face the punchy, imposing riffs and rhythmic growling vocals feel like. Syncopation, rhythm, and bounce are really important to the strength of this album and it stays solidly consistent throughout. "Backbreaker" makes this assault into something catchy, and "Traitors in the Palace" works with a slow build that turns into a marching chant shouting "MAKE WAY FOR THE KING" in a way that feels like the ominous triumph of battle. These elements super-charge this album and makes you want to come back for another beating.

The songs this album runs on keep all of their momentum going and tightly wound like the gears in a massive machine. Nothing feels bloated and all the riffs, drum fills, and vocal lines fit perfectly into place. Despite how thick and meaty this album sounds, the meat in question is lean, no time is wasted, and the songs mostly make an effort to be distinct with mighty riffs and twin vocal deliveries that never slouch and always try hard to rope the listener into their violence. "All The Devils Are Here" is a great example of this, with a swinging vocal delivery, sledgehammer guitars, and machine-gun drum fills in a combined assault on your eardrums. The songwriting on here makes it so that their songs are memorable and that those memories are stamped into your mind like a press. I always appreciate bands that try to stand out, especially when it's something this good.

With All Their Might is a metallic killing machine of an album. Everything comes at you like artillery and the whole thing overwhelms you with loud riffs, booming vocals, and punishing drums that create a sound that's primed for war. The songwriting is belligerent without ever becoming mindless, the songs do their best to distinguish their mighty musical methods from each other. It will have you stomping from the first second to the very end. The heft displayed on this is one of a kind and makes it one of the best death metal albums out in 2017.

The Back Breaks - 91%

Larry6990, November 4th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Unique Leader Records

Sometimes, after hearing a mere thirty seconds worth of material, one can be so impressed by the excerpt that one feels almost safe; assured that the rest will certainly be of the same quality. Once I’d heard the opening of “Iron Strengthens Iron”, the newest single from British death metallers Dyscarnate, I instantly hallucinated the phrase ‘top 10 albums of the year’ floating in front of my eyes. The band just seemed so convinced of their delivery, and executed it with such vigour, that you just knew they meant business. Scratch that. They meant fucking business. Following a five year gap in activity, With All Their Might is the Englishmen’s third album; one that sees them channelling their sound, rather than expanding it. Don’t be fooled, however, there are plenty of points of intrigue within – but above all the pretence, this is, in a word, crushing. Scratch that. Fucking crushing.

What gives this record its obliterating trait is a combination of the crystal clear production quality and bouncing rhythms. Be warned: I’m going to use the word ‘groove’ a hell of a lot because this album grooves like a motherfucker. The sheer grooviness of almost every section that isn’t a blast-beat creates so many opportunities to absolutely bang your head ’til it snaps off. Listen to the opening of “Iron Strengthens Iron” and just try and let your skull remain unmoved. I dare you. These 4/4 nod-along sections may be externally simple, but the rhythms contained within are complex, interesting, and yet strangely accessible. I hereby dub this ‘the Meshuggah effect’. The stomping grooves are enhanced by a production quality that makes the trio sound like a brick wall. Every drum crack is a punch in the teeth; the bass is metallic and cuts through the brick wall with ease; the bouncy chug of the meaty guitar tone is infectious, and the vocal delivery is utterly elephantine. Towards the end of “Iron Strengthens Iron”, the phrase ‘PREPARE YOURSELF!’ becomes strikingly appropriate – I really feel like I have to prepare myself for the onslaught.

Dyscarnate’s dual vocal attack brings with it a real sense of camaraderie. As both Tom Whitty and Al Llewellyn pass lines to each other, they occasionally double up and thicken the texture to incredibly satisfying effect. This means refrains become memorable, despite the album being relatively monotone. I guarantee you will find it impossible to resist shouting along with ‘MAKE WAY! FOR THE KING!’ – purely because the vocal patterns are so hooky and well-written. The Englishmen’s songwriting prowess also shines on With All Their Might, more so than on their debut or follow-up. Despite the complexity of some of the structural arrangements, they retain their catchiness thanks to some incredibly stand-out choruses. Even the few surprises, like the doom-laden “Traitors In The Palace”, or the multi-faceted closer “Nothing Seems Right”, feel cohesive within the album, even when bringing something a little different to the table.

Dyscarnate understand the importance of brevity within a sub-genre like death metal. This amount of unrelenting brutality can only hold attention spans for so long, but thanks to the rhythmic variety of this album, the 40-minute runtime is entirely justified and feels exactly right. There are some serious highlights among the maelstrom of this LP. The chug-ariffic end to “Backbreaker”, the unexpected blast-beat intro to “All The Devils Are Here”; the anthemic ‘We will stamp you out!’ in “This Is Fire!” – all stupendous moments of pure metal included in this enormous slab of sheer beefiness. With All Their Might may not be entirely innovative, but the trio definitely carve their own niche deeper into the path of death metal with this record. Who wants innovation anyway? Just bang your head, bask in the barbaric riff-work, soak in those colossal roars, and let your back break. Scratch that. Fucking break.